The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 was designed by Sou Fujimoto and was on show until 20th October 2013. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion lies between architecture and art. For me it is more of an abstract nod to the Minimalist sculptures of Donald Judd and geometric installations of Sol LeWitt. Therefore, this is not true architecture.
Does this matter? Do we need to define everything in absolute terms? Do we need definite labels, such as 'Art', 'Architecture', 'Sculpture', or 'Installation'. Can this not lie in between all of the above? Can this not be Abstract Architecture?
Architecture is functional, it serves a purpose, to create space, to provide shelter and to be used for a specific function. The Pavilion is not fully functional. It serves as an aesthetically beautiful place to meet, socialise and eat. However, without a proper roof and being completely not water-tight this building is more of a temporary structure.
Without solid walls, a foundation, or a roof, this structure provides the perfect scenic location. The geometric and cubic structure provides hundreds of frames to view Hyde Park and the Serpentine. You can be within and still be fully immersed into your surroundings.
The materials and temporary nature of the installation discuss art with the language if form and line. Colour takes a backseat to allow the viewer to focus on the changing colours of the landscape and the pure geometry.
So which is supreme? Is this art or architecture? I am inclined to go with 'art' . With this year's pavilion the aesthetic and concept supersedes the pavilion's function as an example of architecture.